I hired Cement Contractor to demolish and redo cement around my house for 14K. . I have held rentals for 40 years and generally verbal agreement is binding and satisfactory.
This contractor sent me to choose from two of his prior jobs. #1. He poured a flat finish, gray color and no shiny seal coat. I came back and said no interest.
He sent me to look at his old residence which was an acceptable color, stamped cobble-stone design with a shiny seal coat finish.
He made a one word color stipulation in his contract and was silent about the design and the seal coat. He then poured a flat gray job. He refused to correct the color or add a seal coat without additional charges. Do I have any hope since his contract was silent? Normally, verbally instructions are sufficient with experienced contractors? I have listed 30 defective, sloppy workmanship issues and collateral damages.
I have filed for CSLB , binding arbitration with no appeal and no legal fees.
K. R. DeBree CPA
It's good that you filed a complaint with the CSLB against the contractor. If the contract was for your home, it sounds like it didn't contain all of the legal requirements for a home improvement contract in California. The CSLB can fine the contractor and discipline him for this, and for the other issues you mentioned. A verbal promise is valid it's just more difficult to prove. If the case does proceed to arbitration, it would be a good idea for you to consult with an experienced construction attorney to represent you at the hearing and help you prepare your case.
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